rammies, plural noun

Forms:
Also ramese.
Origin:
Australian EnglishShow more Australian English (recorded from 1906 in the Australian National Dict.), probably adaptation of roundme’s, originally in the form round the houses, rhyming slang for trousers.
slang
Trousers.
Note:
Still current in South African English.
1946 J.B. Fisher in E. Partridge Dict. of Underworld (1950) 554Ramese, Trousers: South Africa: late C19–20.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 34The name for a warder was a crew. You never heard any other name for him. Shoes they called daisies; trousers, rammies.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 35Snowy Fisher comes out of the window all right, with half his rammies burnt off him, right into the arms to them two johns.
1961 Personality 16 May 27Narrow trousers have ceased to be ‘drain-pipes’ and are now indentified..as ‘rammies’.
1970 S. Smuts Informant, Cape TownMa, have you sent my rammies to the cleaners?
1991 G. McConnell Informant, HowickI wore my blue rammies (pants). You know, the one’s I klepped (pinched) from Jack.
Trousers.
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